Keeping a lookout for technology, regulatory and industry trends can help you identify opportunities and problems for your own organization. This type of information can also provide valuable insights for better asset, facility and maintenance management.
This monthly brief will share some of the articles and tips (including our own) that may influence your organization’s asset, facility and maintenance management decision making.
Top Asset Management, Facility and Maintenance News
Water is one of our most precious resources, so when preventable chemical leaks from storage facilities cause major economic and environmental problems is fair to ask why better maintenance was being done.
- Duke Energy plant reports coal-ash spill By Bruce Henderson reports how a broken storm water pipe at an unlined ash pond. last inspected in 2009 could affect the drinking water of the nearby town of Danville.
- North Carolina: Federal Prosecutors Seek Records Related to Sludge Spill is an AP story indicating that Federal authorities have begun a criminal investigation into the coal spill near Danville. The story mention that environmental groups tried three times last year to force Duke Energy to clean up the sites but had been blocked by State agencies suggesting corruption as well as poor maintenance was to blame.
- Chemical Spill Brings W.VA. Capital to a Standstill By Jonathan Mattise and Brendan Farrington talk about a chemical spill that leaked into the Elk River around Charleston West Virginia closing schools, offices and the legislature for a day.
- W.Va. Coal Prep Plant Spills Slurry Into Creek By Sarah Plummer reports on a second pipeline rupture effecting water supplies that could have been minimized had if the plants alarm system worked.
- Water Infrastructure Asset Management By McGraw Hill Construction details why the water infrastructure business must employ better asset management programs.
Other Asset Management, Facility and Maintenance Stories Include:
- Sochi Olympic Facilities are Still not Ready By Stuart Smith looks at the humorous side of Olympic facilities for journalists and travellers to the Sochi Olympic Games.
- The HVAC Factor: Standard Maintenance By Richard Lantz, ASCS, CVI recaps a revised ACR, the Standard for Assessment, Cleaning, and Restoration of HVAC Systems from NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) that was released to the industry. Proper HVAC maintenance is central to the standard.
- 2014 Maintenance Study is a study by Plant Engineering aimed at understanding maintenance practices and studies currently in use in North America. Surprisingly, reactive maintenance is used by 57% of respondents.
Cable, Lodging, and Other Industry Stories
Cable Industry News
The biggest news in the cable industry these days are the merger between Comcast and TWC and the Comcast agreement with Netflix. A merger between Comcast and TWC would give Comcast 33 million subscribers and be the dominant cable MSO in 19 of the top 20 markets.
- Comcast, Time Warner Cable agree to merge in $45 billion deal By Cecilia Kang covers the $45 billion dollar deal that will still need to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
- This Math Formula Shows Why the Comcast—Time Warner Cable Deal Should Be Blocked By Kevin Roose indicates that opposition to the deal will be fierce as concerns about market domination will carry significant weight.
- What The Netflix-Comcast Deal Really Means In Plain English By Kyle Russell is a good explanation of why the deal occurred and its implications. It is interesting to note that he explains that the deal is not about Net Neutrality and is a normal course of action for Netflix as they attempt to address performance issues.
- Netflix is paying Comcast for direct connection to network By Jon Brodkin discusses why the move was a necessity for Netflix. He also suggest that a deal between Verizon and Netflix is likely for the same performance issues.
Lodging and Other Industries
- Holthouser: 5 big changes coming for hotels By Jeff Higley reviews five trends that Hilton executive Jim Holthouser suggest will play an important part for hospitality strategy in the coming years.
- Program to help prevent food, water contaminants in hospitality industry Posted on Waterworld.com covers a new program designed to combines inspection and testing for both a hotel or resort’s water systems and foodservice operations.
- Monthly Hotel Report – Total United States – January 2014 From STR displays graphics for January 2014 for Occupancy, ADR and RevPar.
- Government Liability for Negligent Highway Designs and Maintenance Posted by the Tucker Law Group indicates that State and Local Governments may be help liable for neglected maintenance on roadways. Perhaps this will be a reminder that deferred maintenance has additional costs associated with it.
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